There is no such thing as great talent without great willpower.
— Honore de Balzac

Leah Sawyer physical therapy.

provider of physical therapy to the greater nashville area. 

 

There are certain themes that define a person. For me, a few have been constant throughout my life: I have always been active, I have always been a competitive athlete, and I have always had an interest in how the body functions and heals. 

Born in Southern Oregon, I spent the better part of my childhood playing soccer, running, riding horses, and generally sustaining some sort of athletic-related injury. This early experience with physical therapy gave me an appreciation of the human body and an innate curiosity for rehabilitation science. I consider myself lucky because I knew what I wanted to do at a young age. 

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology at Stanford University in 2007. During my undergraduate career I ran cross country and track as a walk on athlete. Although I frequently felt in over my head, my experience competing with these talented women allowed me to experience a level of performance that I would have never thought possible. 

After college, I held a variety of jobs while applying for graduate school. I dabbled in the restaurant industry as a kitchen manager for Houston's Restaurant. This is where I met my life-long best friend . I worked in UC Berkeley's physical therapy department as a technician. Here I ate amazing food, redefined my description of "normal", and worked with some of the kindest people I have ever met. I cherished every winding step towards my next stage in life, and those steps played an important role in who I am today. 

 In 2009 I moved across the country to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Duke University. I liked the reputation of Duke's program with its emphasis on critical thinking and evidence based practice. During graduate school I completed my first half ironman and put my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) education to use as a part time, personal trainer. I also completed a 6-month internship in Nashville and fell in love with the vibrant, spirited city. In 2012 I settled here to pursue my goal of providing hands on physical therapy to an outpatient population. 

In my free time I enjoy cycling, swimming, cooking, reading, rock climbing and exploring the greater Nashville area. I also enjoy spoiling my cats and husband, in that order :)